Letter to our Supporters

Hello Generous Nevadans!

    Thank you for your interest in the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada.
    We work with brave men and women who came to this country in the hopes of becoming productive members of our society and fulfilling their dreams. Instead, they find they are trapped in poverty by their deficiency of English language skills and cultural awareness. Since its inception in 2004, the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada has offered English as a Second Language on a one-on-one basis in their own home or in small groups of two-to-five students, as well as work preparedness education to adult immigrants who are unable to attend regular classroom settings, all at no cost. We teach those who cannot afford childcare, have no transportation, limited mobility because of a disability, or are embarrassed and intimidated by traditional large class settings.
    This learning process quickly empowers them to achieve their full potential as productive members of our community. As of January 2017 we have taught over 5,000 men and women to speak, read, and write English. Our students obtain new and better jobs, become citizens, and are able to better support their families. We currently have 225 tutors teaching 482 adults in English language skills, GED preparation, Computer Literacy and Citizenship study (232 students have become United States Citizens and many more are studying).
    The pressing need for our program is demonstrated by our waiting list of over 900 adults in our existing 5 counties (Washoe, Carson, Lyon, Douglas, Churchill) who are anxious to learn English and enter the wider workforce.

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $500 to $12,000.
As of January 2017, our current funding priorities are:

1. With a gift of $725 which is the current citizenship application fee, you can help one student who is ready to take the exam become a U.S. Citizen. Many work 2-3 jobs to save for this and may have a minimal amount saved; therefore whatever you can donate will go into a scholarship account to provide the partial balance needed to someone who has saved for this important milestone in his/her life.

2. With a $500 gift, we can launch six disadvantaged men and women from our wait-list on their journey to a new life for themselves and their families, through education in English language and literacy skills, citizenship studies, computer knowledge, and High School Equivalency. Having learned to speak, read, and write English, these courageous, hard-working people find better jobs and work to become integrated members of the community at large. They risked a lot to leave their homes and come to this country, please help us help them to achieve the “American Dream”.

3. Your $1,000 gift will allow us to run classes for 2–5 parents of ESL children in elementary schools. As the parents learn English they then help with their children’s homework and other school activities. Not learning English puts the children at extreme disadvantage in their school career, which can follow them through High School and beyond. Teaching English to parents of these children sets them on a path for far greater success.

4. $12,000 will allow us to hire a part-time Volunteer Coordinator, who will assist the Executive Director to recruit, train and manage our many volunteer tutors, collecting student data and ensuring smooth operations of complex student schedules. ESL In-Home Program is in receipt of a matching grant for this position – please help us reach this important goal!!

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